January 13, 2019
Welcome back! We had a great first week back to school. It was great to see the kids and hear about their vacation time. The children have done a good job getting right back into the routines of our classrooms. Remember to check your child's homework folder nightly, help your child do their homework and to read a book and write it on their monthly reading logs. Third quarter is typically the time of year when we see lots of growth as the kindergartners are starting to put together and apply the skills we have been working on the first half of the year. Celebrate the growth you see in your child's skills!
This week we will celebrate the 100th Day of School. This is a pretty exciting day for us as we celebrate being 100 days smarter. Be sure to help your child complete their 100 Days of School project. Remember, items need to be counted out, labeled and displayed in some way. We can hardly wait to see all of their collections.
Dec. 12, 2018
School spirit week is coming up next week. Please see the flyer below for dress up days.
December 17th– December 21st
“Winter Wonderland Day”
Wear your favorite winter clothes and accessories. Hats, scarves, coats, flannel shirts, beanies, ski clothes, necklaces, etc…
“Holiday Colors Day/ Candy Cane Day”
Can you dress like a candy cane? Or how about coming to school in red and green, or blue and white, gold, silver, etc…!
“Island of Misfit Toys/Present Day”
Dress up like your favorite toy, action figure, super hero, princess, character, etc… Or, can you make yourself look like a wrapped present?
“Holiday/Ugly Sweater Day”
Wear your favorite holiday and winter clothes and accessories. Ugly Sweaters are always a favorite!
“Snowed In / Pajama Day”
Wear your comfiest pajamas to our last day of school before Winter Break!
Please donate $1.00 on “at least” one day that you participate and dress up.
All proceeds are going to the beautification of our campus through Stuco.
Dec. 3, 2018
Kindergarten is going on a field trip to the Phoenix Children's Museum. If you have already turned in your child's permission slip and money, thank you!
As the weather is getting cooler, please make sure that jackets and sweatshirts are labeled to help us identify owners.
Holiday House is going on this week. This is a great opportunity for your child to do a little holiday shopping of their own. Only students with money and permission will be sent down to the Hollday House.
Please help your child remain focused on learning these next three weeks as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is upon us.
October 23, 2018
Thank you all for making time to attend your child's parent/teacher conference last week. It was so nice to see everyone and discuss your child's progress. We have several events coming up the rest of this month.
NJHS is doing a school wide canned food drive for the Foothills Food Bank Oct. 22-26. Canned food can be brought to your child's classroom. They are also sponsoring Wig Out Day on October 31st. Students donate $1 and can wear a wig or crazy hair for the day. All donated money goes to WIg Out, a group that makes wigs for patients going through chemo.
Student Council is selling "Boo candy grams" this week. For one dollar parents and students can send a boo candy gram to other students. A boo gram is a pre-made card that you decorate and a piece of candy. Boo candy grams are deliverd to students on Wed., Oct. 31st. If you would like for your child to purchase a boo gram for another student or if you would like to purchase one for your child please send $1 with the cut out, decorated "boo gram".
Finally, our fall celebration is this Friday. Please remember to send in any items you signed up to donate. Also, all pumpkin donation money is due by Thursday.
October 14, 2018
It is hard to believe we are already finished with the first quarter. We are looking forward to meeting with everyone this week for conferences. Please be sure to be on time, as we are on a pretty tight schedule. If you haven't signed up yet, please visit you teacher's sign up genius page and schedule a time to meet with your child's teacher. Also, please be sure to visit the book fair when you come to conferences. There are many great books for your child to choose from. Thursday and Friday are early release days to allow for teachers to meet with parents. Please plan ahead for our 12:05 dismissal.
Cookie dough order forms and money are due on Wednesday, October 17th. Thank you for participating!
We are in the process of planning for our fall celebration on Oct. 26th. There are still some items and volunteers needed to make this a success. Please see the email that was sent out with the sign up genius link. As a reminder, students are NOT wearing their Halloween costumes to our celebration.
Oct. 1, 2018
Thank you to everyone that participated in our school spirit week fundraiser. It was fun to see so many of the kids dress up.
Our PTA cookie dough sales fundraiser kicked off last week. Your child should have brought home the infomation on Friday. Our PTA does great things for our school, so please help support them in this fundraiser.
We are coming to the end of the first quarter already. Wow, how time does fly. The kids are adjusting and settling into routines and expectations nicely. We have now introduced all of the letters of the alphabet and their corresponding sounds. Your child should be able to name most, if not all, of the upper and lower case letters and most of the common sounds. If you child is struggling in this area please help them practice at home.
Conference time is coming soon. Please watch for information about scheduling a conference with your child's teacher by the end of this week.
Sept 10, 2018
Thank you to all of you who have sent in headphones for our iPad use and cereal boxes for our book boxes. If you haven't sent these items in yet please do so soon.
We have enjoyed our last three weeks reading books about bears. We have read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, various versions of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Corduroy. We have been practicing retelling, identifing characters and settings, and comparing different versions of the same story. We enjoyed wrapping up our bear unit with our Teddy Bear picnic. The kids had a great time having a snack with their kindergarten friends and their stuffed friends. The next few weeks we will be reading various nursey rhymes and doing different activities with them.
We are continuing to work on learning each letter, it's corresponding sound and the correct handwriting formation. We also working on identifing beginning sounds in words and distinguishing rhyming words. In math we are working on counting with one to one correspondence in various configurations (linear, circular, and scattered) and writing the correct corresponding number.
Please continue to help your child practice these skills at home.
Next week is our first school wide spirit week. Watch for more information to come home soon.
Thursday-Disney/Pixar/ Star Wars Day
August 20, 2018
This week begins our three week unit on bears. We will be focusing on three different bear stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Three Bears, and Corduroy. During this first week we will be wearing a different color to school each day to celebrate colors. Students will also be bringing in a small disposable colored item to match the color of the day. We will use these items to make color posters for our rooms. Please help your child wear the following colors on the following days.
Monday - yellow
Tuesday - red
Wednesday - blue
Thursday - green
Friday - purple
Our first early release day is this Friday, August 24th. Students dismiss at 12:05. Please make arrangements for your child's pick-up. We will go to lunch on early release days. Please plan on your child having lunch as usual. If you prefer that your child eats after school, please send them with a snack to eat during lunch time.
During the year kindergarten will be working on a phonics program on classroom iPads on a daily basis. In order for all the students to be able to use the iPads simultaneously and to promote a healthy environment, we are asking that each student have their own over the head ear phones. These will be kept in their cubbies and returned at the end of the year. Please send in headphones in a large gallon ziploc bag labeled with their name on it by the end of August.
Our students will be creating book boxes to store the books that we make at our publishing center. Each child will need to bring in a large cereal box to use as their book box. Please send these in by the end of August.
August 12, 2018
We are off to a great start! We are all getting to know each other and the students are learning the routines and procedures of kindergarten. Please remember to check your child's homework folder nightly and sign your initials to acknowledge that you have seen their clip color for the day and that they have completed their homework. Remember homework does not need to be returned unless specifically asked for. Also, please continue to send their transportation tags back for this week to be sure we have all learned where everyone should be at the end of the day. If you have a change in end of the day transportation, it must be in writing. Finally, if you have not returned all of the beginning of the year paperwork that was sent home that first day, please do so ASAP. Thank you!
August 6, 2018
We are so excited for our first day with our students tomorrow. Remember that campus opens at 8:30 and the students will come directly to the classrooms tomorrow morning only. After tomorrow, parents will drop their students off at the gate and they will walk to the classrooms to unpack and then go to the playground (don't worry, we will help them). Please be sure that your child has a lunch from home or lunch money. Finally, make sure that your child's teacher knows how your child is getting home from school and that you have make a transportation tag. Remember to send the tags back to school everyday for two weeks so that we can all become familiar with end of the day routines. Look for your child to bring home a school communication folder tomorrow. Inside you will find several forms that require your signature. See everyone tomorrow morning!